CHRIST LIFE CHURCH
SWORD OF THE SPIRIT MINISTRIES
Introduction: Christian giving is as vital a spiritual subject as any other like praying, studying the word of God etc. Every Christian is expected to give monetary support to the advancement of the kingdom of God here on earth. It is not just the giving of our tithes and offering but we are to give sacrificially towards the work of God, particularly in places were we receive spiritual help and nourishment. As we do, we become instrumental in advancing God’s Kingdom, give God opportunity to bless us and lay up for yourself treasures in heaven.
1. God The Greatest Giver
Jn. 3:16; 2 Cor. 8:9; Phil. 2:8; Jam. 1:17; 1 Peter. 1:3.
God gave us the best He can afford – His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. And in Christ Jesus He gives all that we need both in this life and in the hereafter.
2. God Commanded Us To Give
Rom. 12:8; 2 Cor. 9:7; 1 Peter. 4:10; Deut. 16:17.
It is a command that we should give for the work of God. It is part of our service. We are blessed to be a blessing to the Kingdom of God.
3. What We Are To Give?
(a) Money – Acts. 4:36-37; Luke. 21:1-4
(b) Landed Properties – Acts. 4:34
(c) Precious Possessions – I Chr. 29:3-4; Ezra. 1:6
(d) Other belongings – Acts. 11:29-30
(e) Give ourselves – (Service) – 2 Cor. 12:15
4. Who Are We To Give To?
(a) Our spiritual leaders – Acts. 4:34-35; 2 Cor. 8:3-4
(b) The men of God – 1 King. 17:13, 15; Matt. 10:41-42
(c) The house of God – Mal. 3:10; Luke. 21:1-4
(d) The poor and the needy – Matt. 5:42; Luke. 12:33; Acts. 20:35; Deut. 15:7
5. How We Are To Give
(a) We are to give willingly - 2 Cor. 8:12-15
(b) We should give bountifully – 2 Cor.8-9; 9:6
(c) We are to give according to our ability – 1 Cor. 16:2; 2 Cor. 8:12
(d) We should give as often as we can – Gal 6:6-10
(e) We should give cheerfully not grudgingly, with other hearts full of praise to God. 2 Cor. 9-7
(f) We should give with simplicity – Rom. 8-12
(a) What is tithing? – Gen. 14:18-20, Mal. 3:6-12; Matt. 23:23
Tithing is a giving of one tenth of our income to God, as He has commanded.
(b) Are Christians supposed to pay tithes today? - Gen.14:18-20; Rom.15:4; Matt.23:23
Abraham, before the dispensation of the law gave tithe; while Jesus Christ in the new testament approved of tithing. Hence we are to give tithes even today.
(c) Where should our tithes go? – Mal.3:10; 1 Cor. 9:7-11
We should give our tithes where we receive spiritual nourishment
7. Blessing Of Giving
(a) We should be called blessed – Mal. 3:12
(b) We shall have great reward in heaven – Matt.6:19-21; Luke 16:9-12;1Tim.6:12-19
(c) God will supply all our needs. Phil. 4:19; Prov. 11:24-25
(d) God will rebuke the devourer for our sakes – Mal. 3-11
(e) As we give God blesses – Luke 6:38; Mal. 3:8-12
Conclusion: If we want to be blessed and see the Kingdom of God advanced, we must learn to give, and to give cheerfully and sacrificially. When we consider what he has given to us, what can we not give to Him?
Memory Verse: “…It is more blessed to give than to receive” – Acts. 20:35.